It couldn't have been fun for Steve Kerr to watch his Golden State Warriors go 15-50 after injuries to Klay Thompson and Steph Curry rendered the stars unable to play for either the whole year or the majority of the 2020 season.
Somehow, however, Kerr found that season more enjoyable than the 2018-19 campaign in which he took the Warriors to the NBA Finals against the Raptors. He shared that little tidbit with Raja Bell and Logan Murdock on "The Ringer NBA Show."
"I would tell you the first four years of our run, the coaching was way more fun, just because we were joyful and everything was really simple and no agendas," Kerr said. "And then that last year, things kind of went haywire. And even though we went to the Finals, it was difficult.
"I enjoyed last season, when we had the worst record in the league, more than I enjoyed that last season when we went to the Finals because we had young guys last year who were trying every day, working hard. We had great energy, great spirit, great camaraderie."
Kerr acknowledged that losing wasn't any fun, but that the the team had a good vibe that made him look forward to going to practice every day. That didn't seem to be the case with the 2018-19 Warriors.
"And that last year was tough — it really was tough... there was just a lot going on that you guys, some that you know about, some that you don't, and that was very difficult," Kerr said.
Words to describe this little revelation: shocking? Intriguing? Curiosity-provoking? Kevin Durant took a different angle, though Kerr never specifically mentioned KD in the above quote.
Will we ever find out, in full, what was going on that Kerr doesn't think we know about? That remains to be seen.
Kerr commented on the quote and the subsequent social media reaction in a press conference on Monday, saying that it was taken out of context.